Thief drives off in idling car on 69th Street

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68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Running on empty

A thief drove off with a car left running on 69th Street on May 31, police report.

The victim told cops he left his vehicle idling near Fourth Avenue at 3:55 am while he ran into a store. When he came back out, the auto was gone — with his wallet and socket wrench set that was inside.

Off the rim

A lowlife jacked the tires and rims from a car parked on 82nd Street sometime during the night of May 28 or the next morning, according to cops.

The victim said he parked the vehicle near 11th Avenue at 9 pm on May 28, and came back the next day at 3 pm to discover his wheels stripped to the hubs.

Money laundering

A crook swiped a woman’s purse at an Ovington Avenue laundromat on May 29, authorities allege.

The victim reported that she left her pocketbook on the counter of the business between Colonial Road and Ridge Boulevard at 1:30 pm while she loaded her clothes into a dryer. When she turned around, the bag had vanished — along with her $20 and MetroCard inside.

Big bash

A burglar busted into a car on Fort Hamilton Parkway and stole the driver’s cash and green card from within sometime overnight on May 28, cops say.

The victim said he parked his sedan near the corner of 73rd Street at 8 pm, and came back at 8 am to see the front passenger-side window in shards, and $300 and his identification gone.

Caught in the act

A perp tried to break into a house on 79th Street on May 27 — but fled when a neighbor spotted him, police state.

The eyewitness told cops she was in her home between Seventh and 10th avenues at 1 pm when she saw the villain breaking into the house next door through a rear window. When the fiend realized he was being watched, he turned and ran.

Big boost

A thief lifted $5,000 from an energy drink truck on Fifth Avenue on May 31, authorities say.

The driver told police he parked between 77th and 78th streets at 1:15 pm to make a delivery, leaving the already-broken lockbox full of cash behind the seat in the cab. When he came back two minutes later, he found his window jimmied open and the money missing.

— Will Bredderman

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507.
Updated 10:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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